Hope everyone is having a good semester! We’re down to the last few weeks.  If you find yourself getting anxious and overwhelmed with school work, projects and exams, take time to breathe and gather yourself. I find it really helpful to write everything down that is due- and write out the days of the week and make it a point to do certian things on certain days.  Then once something is complete and finished cross the assignment off your list. It feels good! Talk to someone, like your family, teachers, frients, etc. if you feel like you can’t get yourself in a calm manor. Everything will be ok.

We don’t even notice when anxiety first appears. Some people are more anxious earlier in life than others. One really common anxiety, that most adolescents and 20 year old have is social anxiety. LIke going to high school, college, new jobs. We feel like we won’t fit in with a certain group or the popular group if you don’t talk or act a certain way. Its so common for everyone to feel this way. We feel so conscious about ourself and our appearance that we forget how to act. Listed below are some common symptoms of social anxiety-take a look at them. And always remember to be yourself and stay calm. Don’t let your mind take over your actions, have control.

“Physical Symptoms(what you feel)

  • Examples: racing heart, upset stomach, shaking, choking sensations, sweating, blushing, trembling, dry mouth, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, urge to urinate, etc.
  • People with social anxiety are often very concerned about visible signs of anxiety, such as blushing or trembling.

Negative Thoughts (what you think)

  • Examples: “I’m going to say something stupid,” “I’ll get anxious and others will notice,”  “They won’t like me,” “Others will think I’m stupid,” “I’ll offend someone,” or “No one will talk to me.”
  • People with social anxiety tend to have negative thoughts about themselves (e.g., “I’ll have nothing to say”), as well as how others will react to them (e.g., “Others will think I’m weird”).
  • People with social anxiety also tend to focus their attention on themselves during social situations.  They focus on their performance and how anxious they feel and look.

Avoidance and Safety Behaviors(what you do)

  • Examples: Avoiding (e.g., not going to the party), escaping a scary social situation (e.g., leaving the party early) or engaging in protective behaviours to try and stay safe (e.g., drinking alcohol, staying quiet, and avoiding eye contact).
  • People with social anxiety will often try to avoid or escape social situations.  If they do go into social situations, they tend to do things to feel less anxious or to protect themselves from embarrassment or negative evaluation (e.g., if I’m worried about saying something stupid, then I’ll try to avoid talking).”